E-reader ownership doubles in six months

The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12% in May, 2011 from 6% in November 2010. This is the first time since the Pew Internet Project began measuring e-reader use in April 2009 that ownership of this device has reached double digits among U.S. adults.


Growth over time

Free Webinar Monday: Ebook Formatting

Len Edgerly hosts one of my favorite podcasts Kindle Chronicles and today I just heard he will be doing a free webinar on Formatting Ebooks on June 27th. Kindle Chronicles is a top rate professional podcast and he interviews interesting and engaging people.


Len Edgerly will give an overview of how to format your book or article for Kindle and other e-readers. Len will cover the following points:

• How to create your e-book or article manuscript in Microsoft Word or other word processing program.
• How to format it for submission to Amazon's Kindle Store, so it can be purchased for reading on a Kindle or in any of the free Kindle applications for PC, Mac, smartphones, etc.
• How to format your book or article for e-readers other than the Kindle, such as the Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks on iPad, and Sony Reader.
• How to include non-text elements such as photos and charts in your e-book or article.
• A list of resources for further study and assistance.

Free Webinar: What Traditional Publishers Can Learn from Self-Publishers

Free Webinar Tomorrow by O'reilly:

Presented by: Mark Coker, Chad Jennings, Pete Nikolai, Bob Young

The lines between traditional and self-publishing is blurring. In fact, some traditional publishers are launching their own self-publishing imprints. We've lined up four leaders of the self-publishing world to share lessons learned and how we can all work together. The webcast features insights from Eileen Gittins (CEO of Blurb), Bob Young (CEO of Lulu), Mark Coker (Smashwords Founder) and Pete Nikolai (Director at Westbow Press, the self-publishing imprint of Thomas Nelson).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Time 10am PT, San Francisco
6pm - London | 1pm - New York | Fri, Jun 24th at 3am - Sydney | Fri, Jun 24th at 2am - Tokyo | Fri, Jun 24th at 1am - Beijing | 10:30pm - Mumbai


Independent Author Sells 1 Million eBooks: John Locke

Just saw this article on Mashable:

Crime novelist John Locke has become the first independent author to sell more than 1 million ebooks through Kindle’s Direct Publishing program, Amazon announced Monday.

The author, a self-described “niche marketer” who attributes much of his success to his $0.99 pricing model, has self-published nine novels through the Kindle Store, including New York Times bestselling ebook Saving Rachel, as well as his first non-fiction title, How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months.

Literary Agents Become Publishers Now?

Interesting article, but I believe is an alarming new trend. Would love to see the contract on this one. Is the agent's 15% for the life (or beyond) of the author? Some writers are reporting this is happening.

Literary Agents Try New Role as Self-Publishing Consultants

With big publishing buying only the crème de la crème of books, and more authors turning to self-publishing, many literary agents are getting squeezed right out of the middle.

But some savvy agents are acting as literary consultants to help their authors self-publish, a role that offers up new opportunities and challenges for everybody in the industry.

I talked with three agents about their experiments to serve authors by widening their middle ground. article continued...

Amazon's new $399 tablet: Rumor or Real?

Just saw this article by International Business Times that seems to know the inside dirt:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:06 AM EDT

How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle

Now in Print Version: How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle: 12 Beginner Tips for Short Documents $7.95

A book for beginners on how to publish and sell short documents for the Amazon Kindle, such as magazine articles or instructional materials.

Topics include:
• Best practices for short documents,
• How to price an article,
• Pros and cons of book covers and images,
• How to represent articles accurately in e-Reader bookstores,
•Tips for avoiding unnecessary costs and how to publish your article simply, without learning HTML coding or using conversion software.

Many of these tips are also applicable for publishing on the Barnes and Noble Nook and for Amazon "Singles" (short books ranging from 30-90 pages long).

Instructional Appendixes Include:
• e-Reader tips for creating table of contents links,
• How to avoid a common formatting problem,
• Donverting your article for a Kindle device,
• Easy preview options before you publish,
• Resource list of where to find free kindle books, podcasts, software and help forums.

Difference between an ebook, enhanced ebook and book app

Here's a great article that describes the differences between these three types of digital books. Here's an excerpt.

  • An e-book is a digital snapshot of a book, where the text is converted so it is readable on an electronic device. It's pretty much the same as a book, except you are reading it with a different medium (from paper to an eReader). To make an ebook requires word processing or web design skills.
  • An enhanced e-book is still a linear story but it and adds multimedia and interactive features for support of the story, such as music, slide shows or audio. To create an enhanced e-book requires the skills of a web developer.
  • A book app is based on a book but acts more like a game with multiple pathways that require the user to interact instead of simply scrolling and clicking. These books are good when you've got so much material that linear approach is no longer practical, and you want an app as an add-on product to your book. A book app can do everything an enhanced e-book does, but crosses the line from linear storytelling to non-linear storytelling. Apps require knowing programming of C++ or Apple's Objective C programming skills.

..Read entire article

Here's an example of an enhanced children's book:

Amazon Cutting Ties with Connecticut Affiliates

See Article in Booknewser

Word is going around on Twitter today that Amazon has sent out emails to its Connecticut affiliates. Amazon has booted all Connecticut residents from its affiliates programs following a new budget policy bill that was passed on Tuesday.  Read More...

Well that was fast: Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions

Check out article:
Apple has quietly changed its guidelines on the pricing of In-App Subscriptions on the App Store. There are no longer any requirements that a subscription be the "same price or less than it is offered outside the app". There are no longer any guidelines about price at all. Apple also removed the requirement that external subscriptions must be also offered as an in-app purchase.

read more...http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/09/apple-reverses-course-on-in-app-subscriptions/

Apple now rejecting apps just because they’re ebook apps

Check out this article:

You know that ebook apps have been in itunes ever since the app store launched, right? Well, that might not last much longer. Apple are pushing ebook app developers to instead submit an ebook to iBooks instead of submitting an app to iTunes. Read more....

Free Book Marketing Guide

This free book marketing primer provides authors easy-to-implement advice on how to market their books. It starts with an overview of how Smashwords helps promote your book, and then provides 30 simple do-it-yourself marketing tips. The book is useful to all authors, even those who don't yet publish on Smashwords.

Readability Pays Writers and Allows Free Article Downloading

Readability website says they are now paying writers for online content. See info: https://www.readability.com/publishers. Whether in a web browser, iPhone, or just about any mobile or tablet device. https://www.readability.com/publishers.

They also allow you to send articles to your kindle for free with this firefox add-on https://www.readability.com/addons

See their extra options:

I tried this free service and found it excellent. Articles come in by their titles, and all the busy adds are removed. Text is clean and appears to have removed unpleasant formatting problems usually associated with article downloads such as overly large text, etc.

Amazon May Soon Need to Collect Sales Tax

A proposal in the U.S. Senate aims to end the longtime exemption for e-commerce  See Article 

Found a Free Book Today: How to Publish an Ebook

How To Publish An Ebook On A Budget - An Author's Guide to the Free Yet Professional Way to Get Your Writing Up For Sale on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Smashwords and more [Kindle Edition]

Not sure how long it will be free since sometimes Amazon free books come and go quickly.

How To Publish An Ebook On A Budget - An Author's Guide to the Free Yet Professional Way to Get Your Writing Up For Sale on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Smashwords and more

Tips for Proofreading Your own Book

Check out this Community Forum on a Kindle Direct Publishing thread on different ways to proofread your own book: